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broke many records this week at the world championships in Rome. But there was
the swimsuit issue.
FINA is the group that governs swimming. On
Tuesday, its officers accepted a decision by FINA members to ban high-tech swimsuits
Full-body suits first appeared in the
two thousand Summer Olympics. But in Rome, German swimmer Paul Biedermann said the
growing attention to the issue made him mad. "It's all about the suits.
It's not about the swimmer anymore."
He said that after he defeated American Michael Phelps
in the two hundred meter freestyle. And he did it faster than the world record
time Phelps set last year at the Beijing Olympics.
wore the newest speed suit. Phelps wore last year's version. His coach later said
he would urge Phelps not to compete internationally until the ban takes effect
was all Tuesday. The next day, Michael Phelps competed in the two hundred meter
butterfly. Again he wore last year's Speedo Racer. This time, he not only won, he
broke his own world record.
we turn to some other sports stories of recent days.
In baseball, Mark Buehrle of the Chicago
White Sox pitched a perfect game on July twenty-third. He threw to twenty-seven
batters without one of them getting on base.
pitched only the eighteenth perfect game in the history of Major League
Baseball. The last one was in two thousand four. President Obama, a White Sox
fan from Chicago, called to congratulate him.
days later, baseball had another rare event. Josh Willingham of the Washington Nationals
hit two grand slams in one game. He became just the thirteenth Major League
player ever to hit a home run with the bases loaded twice in the same game.
cycling, American Lance Armstrong announced he will return to the Tour de
France next year with a new American-based team. The seven-time winner competed
this year on the Astana team based in Kazakhstan.
Armstrong finished third last Sunday after a three-and-a-half
year retirement. His Astana teammate Alberto Contador of Spain won his second
Tour. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg finished second.
On July nineteenth, American Tom Watson aimed to become the
oldest golfer to win a major event. The oldest man so far was forty-eight year
old Julius Boros in nineteen sixty-eight.
fifty-nine year old Watson needed to make a short attempt on his final hole to
win the British Open. But he missed from about two and a half meters, and then
lost in a playoff to American Stewart Cink.
finally, this week Michael Vick won a conditional return to the National
Football League. But no N.F.L. teams showed immediate interest in having him play.
Vick recently served eighteen months in federal prison for running a dog
fighting operation in which he also killed dogs. The former quarterback for the
Atlanta Falcons was once the league's highest paid player.
And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special
English, written by Brianna Blake. I'm Steve Ember.